Bombay/Mumbai, India, 1994, INDIA-10207. Welder in a ship-breaking yard.
Vessels from around the world end up in this Bombay/Mumbai ship-breaking yard to be broken down into scrap. This worker is one of the many that reduce these colossal ships to tons of valuable iron. It is a dirty and dangerous job. Before turning to his next task, this worker’s eyes catch McCurry’s camera.
Magnum Photos, NYC5952, MCS1993006 K030.
From the tangle of deconstruction in the shipbreaking yard of Bombay, a young welder stepped forward in 1994 to engage the camera. His eyes, redoubled by the goggles on his forehead, draws our gaze away from the ship’s empty hold and we wonder about this young man, whose face we cannot read fully, whose head is protected only by the cloth that covers his mouth. The promise of our gaze meeting, through a photograph, the look of another across time, and vastly different spaces is one of the signature strengths of McCurry’s art.
Bannon, Anthony. (2005). Steve McCurry. New York: Phaidon Press Inc., 27.
National Geographic Magazine. Vol. 188, No. 3, pgs.56-57, March 1995, Bombay: India’s Capital of Hope.
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Goggles and scarf shield this worker from the choking dust and smoke of the ship breaking yard. Old ships are brought from all over the world to be cut up for scrap metal. National Geographic: John McCarry (March 1995) Bombay: India’s Capital of Hope, National Geographic. (vol.187 (3)) pp.42-67
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